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goals: making, keeping, and reaching them

**I started a draft of this post a few years ago before abandoning it in my ‘drafts’ folder. I return to it on this Sacred Sunday because I finally feel I have something positive to say on the topic… Well, here’s what I had to say a few years ago…

goal [gohl]
the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.


I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately, considering I have A LOT of them but don’t feel close to reaching ANY of them, which is very discouraging and (I think) feeding my depression. I knew I couldn’t be the only one in this predicament, so I went to Pinterest for some understanding and inspiration.

Oh man, did I ever open Pandora’s box…. Each picture is clickable….

A chart that represents each area of your life revolving around your life’s purpose & vision. This blog post asks questions about each area of your life to give you a better idea of which areas need work and what goals you may need to set.

A chart that supports a goal for each area of your life

A good questionnaire about your goal(s), to really make you think about what it’s going to take to accomplish your goal(s) and how to remain accountable

The Goal Pyramid: an example of how to break down a big goal into smaller, manageable steps and timeframes

DIY: A laminated, reusable weekly chart to help you check off each goal per day/week

DIY: A rotating, reusable & customizable goal list to give you a daily, weekly, or monthly reminder

With all of these lists, flowcharts, and questionnaires open in multiple browser tabs, you can imagine how I might feel a twinge of information overload.


I look back on this draft and can see why I was so scatter-brained on this topic a few years ago; there’s many ways to approach it. I’ve since learned of even more goal-based productivity systems:

I’ve tried Trello (a board-based system similar to Pinterest) & Pomello (a time-tracking system based on the Pomodoro Method):

I’ve also used a simpler master to-do list method on paper as well as online using Do It (Tomorrow).

I’ve tried an even simpler One Sentence Per Day method using WorkingOn.

A while ago I bought a Filofax planner and have tried many, many ways of being productive with that.

Recently I read David Allen’s much more complicated Getting Things Done method.

And, as I mentioned in last week’s post, I’m now leading a small group of local writers to make weekly & monthly writing goals, with the purpose of keeping each other accountable for them. I’m also an active member in a Scribophile group that does the same thing but in an online environment.

All of this stuff probably sounds crazy to most of the people reading it, but I challenge those people to honestly assess how they’re doing with many of their overall life goals. Most people who do not at least try to have a system for their goals will answer that they’re not doing as well as they’d hoped. So before you judge the way someone else manages the juggling act of life, ask yourself how many balls you’ve dropped lately.


Basically what I’m trying to say is… I’ve tried many different things when it comes to the art of being productive. Some of them stuck. Some didn’t. I haven’t picked one exact way of doing it. I will likely try even more ways before I find the one that sticks. What I’ve learned during this process is… productivity really is an art. And any art is worthy of your time and consideration.


So, how do you manage your goals? Have you tried anything that I haven’t? Anything that’s stuck?

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